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Franklin’s Agro Vélo Tour returns for second edition

The Municipality of Franklin is once again marrying agrotourism with healthy lifestyle habits with the second edition of its Agro Vélo Tour, set to take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday August 8 at the Lac des Pins Campround stables (2155 chemin Grimshaw) in Saint-Antoine-Abbé.

“The response was really good last year,” says Mélanie Roux, a project coordinator with the municipality of Franklin, while noting participants were especially taken with the idea of combining an activity such as cycling with agrotourism and the “buy local” movement. More than 100 cyclists took part in the inaugural event last September. In addition, says Roux, the new location for the event at the Lac des Pins Campground stables ensures there will be plenty of space to maintain social distancing and for parking.


The second edition of the Agro Vélo Tour will take place on Sunday, August 8, in Saint-Antoine-Abbé.


This year’s edition features a 10.5-kilometre marked route for families or amateur cyclists as well as an advanced 71-kilometre route for more adept pedallers. Unlike last year, there is no posted start time for the different routes, which will allow cyclists to enjoy the routes according to their own schedule. The marked routes have been designed with the security of riders in mind and avoid major highways. A number of roads in the Franklin, Hinchinbrooke, Godmanchester and Ormstown region will however be closed for up to six hours between 8:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. to accommodate the cyclists. The event is open to all ages and skill levels.

A full day of activities

The Agro Vélo Tour will also feature a farmer’s market on site between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to encourage citizens from the Haut-Saint-Laurent and surrounding area to discover local producers and their products. Visitors to the site will also be able to enjoy a gourmet lunch from either the Domaine Herdman or Pizza Four à Bois Simard food trucks, which will both be present throughout the day.

In case of rain, the event will be postponed to August 15.

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